“Keep walking” — this is the spirit that guided John Walker to open the doors to a small grocery store in Scotland, setting in motion a chain of events which changed the world of Scotch whisky. Two centuries on, John Walker & Sons looks forward to another 200 years, and more, of spirited endeavour in crafting whisky.
To mark its bicentennial, the house has brought out the John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend, which has the only image of its founder’s store in Kilmarnock on the packaging when opened.
The rich and complex blend is inspired by the flavours found in the stock books from the Walker family store in the 1860s and uses whiskies from distilleries operating at that time. It features notes of sweet, dried raisins and subtle spice and marzipan, which develop into hints of roasted nuts, icing sugar sweetness and gentle peat, with a soft pepper finish.
Master blender Jim Beveridge describes it as a “Johnnie Walker whisky for true Johnnie Walker lovers”. John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend is available in limited quantities at Johnnie Walker Malaysia’s Bar on Shopee.
This article first appeared on May 17, 2021 in The Edge Malaysia.